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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 7254 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 4934 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HSTA, Hotel Workers Sign Open Letter Calling for Kakaako Development Moratorium
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 4614 Views :: Development, Rail

Law imposing a one-year moratorium on HCDA approval of new projects that renews automatically....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 9101 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Transit Spending Slows Urban Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 4307 Views :: Development, Rail

...regions that spend more money on transit seem to grow slower than regions that spend less....

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Haseko Proposes Resort Zoning for Ewa Beach Development
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:41 PM :: 5003 Views :: Development

Submit comments by November 23....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 5931 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4612 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Friday, November 1, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 4645 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4871 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5624 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 5851 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 5207 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 5357 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Text: Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board Passes Resolutions Against Ho'opili, Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 5010 Views :: Development

Adopted by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 at its August 28, 2013, meeting by a vote of 6 to 3....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Akana: OHA Should Consider Suing HCDA Over Kakaako
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 5514 Views :: Development, OHA

On August 6, 2013, OHA received a letter from HCDA stating they will not make any compromises to their plans and expects OHA to be a “good neighbor” and accept their plan for our property....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: Roger Epstein talks with Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 4758 Views :: Development, Judiciary

Roger Epstein, senior partner of Cades Schutte Law Firm, talks with Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii as a center for global transformation....

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Monday, September 2, 2013
ILWU: An injury to one of our corporate employers is an injury to all?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 6018 Views :: Environment, Development, Labor

"I'm going to f*** with the environmentalists even if I don't have a dog in the fight"

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors Submit Plan to Reorganize Hokulia Project
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 6476 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Greenmail

A hearing on the plan’s disclosure statement has been scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 4750 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Honolulu 1990 to 2010 Trends: What Do They Mean for the Next 20 Years?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:20 PM :: 5461 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail
PANOS 2050: Solutions for a Sustainable Hawaii....
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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Bill 65 Will Destroy Historic Oahu Railway
By John Bond @ 2:02 AM :: 4208 Views :: Development

...several roads will be crossing the historic National Register Hawaiian Railway, including directly through their historic rail yard....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
State Historic Preservation Director Quits Under Fire from Feds
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 5485 Views :: Development, OHA, Rail

The announcement follows the release last Thursday of a report by the National Parks Service (NPS) that was critical of the division’s efforts....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Kakaako Development and Honolulu's Trifecta of Failures
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:38 PM :: 5105 Views :: Development, Rail

Up to 5,000 new apartment and condominium units are being planned by the HCDA in Kakaako....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Honolulu Traffic: Most ‘Lane-Deficient’ City in USA
By Honolulu Traffic @ 12:10 AM :: 4759 Views :: Development, Rail

Adding more density will cause the central road network to seize.... 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Town Hall Meeting on the ‘Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 4265 Views :: Development, Rail

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 Kapolei High School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
‘Bureaucratic abuse’: Molokai vets wait a decade for center, services
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 5873 Views :: Maui County, Development, Military

As a part of the 2011 settlement, Maui County had to issue the permit, pay the veterans $200,000 and the mayor was required to issue an apology....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What does a buck get you? A strange deal, ex-Hawaii regent says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:06 PM :: 5160 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education
While $1 a month looks like a good deal for taxpayers...the campus construction has been subjected to 83 change orders that cost $19 million ....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Mayor Wright Housing: FACE Grabs for Seat at Redevelopment Table
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3135 Views :: Development
Mayor Wright Housing represents the first foray into redevelopment under Governor Abercrombie’s administration....
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Friday, May 31, 2013
More Flooding in Kakaako's Future
By John Bond @ 9:29 PM :: 6857 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii History

Right now there is a race to see how fast Kakaako can be sold and developed before the mainland and foreign real estate investors find out they will be stuck with enormous future expenses....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Meet the Cult Leader: Hawaii Resort Developer Teams Up with Arianna Huffington
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 8534 Views :: Ethics, Development

In order to properly greet Huffington to the Isles, we present readers with some of the best material out there on this very strange bird....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Group Organizes to Save Jefferson School
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 4901 Views :: Education K-12, Development
...let the community know of the dangers that Jefferson Elementary School faces because of the existence of Senate Bill 237, commonly known as the 21st Century Bill....
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Kakaako: HCDA to Release TOD Plan, Hold Open House
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 5106 Views :: Development, Rail
Be sure to check out their plan to reduce Halekauwila St to a single lane of auto traffic while adding 1000s of new condos and offices....
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Aloha Tower Case Tests 'Private Attorney General' Before Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 10:02 PM :: 4714 Views :: Development, Judiciary
Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Aloha Tower Dev. Corp. v. State of Hawaii....
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 7293 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Laie Hotel Developer Selected
By News Release @ 10:04 AM :: 4202 Views :: Development

Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to replace what used to be the Laie Inn. Construction of the new hotel, which will be adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center, is expected to begin later this year....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Foreclosed Homeowners Sue 32 Hawaii Judges
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 AM :: 6032 Views :: Ethics, Development, Judiciary

Fuchs claims that Judge Ayabe's wife did legal work for three of Fuchs's adversaries in the foreclosure case....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sen Thielen: School Land Exemptions Remove Fairness, Transparency of Development Deals
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 4340 Views :: Education K-12, Development
HRS Chapter 171 strictly governs the process for putting public lands out to bid for long term leases.  Specific steps include public auction, means of public bidding and length of public notice....
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
SB237 Would Give DOE Unfettered Power to Lease Public School Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 5409 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
“Notwithstanding sections 171-13 and 302A-115, or any other law to the contrary, the department may lease public school land...."
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALERT – Upcoming Votes on Exemption Bills
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 4707 Views :: Development, Land Use
SB 1207: Exempts the Department of Transportation from any permitting or site plan approval requirements established for lands in the Conservation District, for any work involving submerged lands....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
500 Petition Against School Lands Bills
By News Release @ 8:52 AM :: 5485 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
... The following petition was heard last night (Thursday April 25, 2013) in Senate Chambers ....
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Petition Seeks Defeat of Three PLDC-Clone Bills
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 6125 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
...House Bill 70, Senate Bill 1207 and Senate Bill 1171 separately serve to keep PLDC objectives alive and operating....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
How A&B Wins Big From Environmental Litigation
By Andrew Walden @ 3:08 AM :: 12251 Views :: Environment, Development, Greenmail, Land Use

Why would one of the state’s largest developers fund so-called anti-development groups?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SB 1171 – Phased Archeological Inventory Surveys
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 6207 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA
SB1171 was submitted in response to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision.  The City had argued that the Rail Project could conduct the Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS) in phases....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Legislature Repeals the PLDC
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 4730 Views :: Development, Land Use
...the law's no-bid contract provisions, the slant towards developing public resources instead of conservation, and the creation of a semi-autonomous agency exempted from routine oversight....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SB987: $19K ‘Impact Fee’ for Water Meter
By Video @ 1:53 PM :: 5495 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Requires the assessment of impact fees prior to issuance of a water meter ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 9421 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Friday, April 5, 2013
School Land Pillaged By Legislature – SB 237 and HB 865
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 PM :: 6592 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government
two bills currently at the capitol would allow the Lt. Governor and the DOE to lease public school land to private developers....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 7757 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
SB894 Held as Turtle Bay Opens New Negotiations with State
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 6987 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

SB 894 would authorize the state to expend funds, swap land and explore other solutions to help preserve Turtle Bay lands.  This bill can be brought back next year, if negotiations fail, or to implement terms of an agreement....

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